ACE Leadership and Advocacy Newshttp://www.acenet.edu/_layouts/ContentFeedGenerator/ContentFeed.ashx?Feed=LeadershipAdvocacyNewsView all of the recent Leadership and Advocacy Activity News from ACEen-usCopyright , American Council on Educationdonotreply@ace.eduWed, 26 Jul 2017 08:26:55 ZACE News Feeds 1.0http://www.acenet.edu/PublishingImages/264x93-ACE-Print-Logo.jpgACE Leadership and Advocacy Newshttp://www.acenet.edu/_layouts/ContentFeedGenerator/ContentFeed.ashx?Feed=LeadershipAdvocacyNewsLeadershipAdvocacyNewshttp://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Todays-Top-Higher-Education-News.aspxHEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education NewsAn op-ed in The Hechinger Report says higher education partnerships can help the arts survive proposed Trump administration budget cuts. Inside Higher Ed reports that new research seeks to give college and university trustees financial evaluation tools, but some say the numbers don’t tell the whole story.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-of-Support-for-the-Dream-Act-of-2017.aspxLetter of Support for the Dream Act of 2017ACE and 32 other higher education associations are urging the Senate to approve the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017, which would allow a select group of talented young undocumented immigrants—commonly known as Dreamers—to earn lawful permanent residence and have access to a path toward citizenship.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Approves-Budget-Resolution-Continues-Work-on-FY-2018-Spending-Bills.aspxHouse Approves Budget Resolution, Continues Work on FY 2018 Spending Bills​The House Budget Committee voted along party lines late Wednesday night to approve a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2018 that would require more than $200 billion in cuts to mandatory programs and set the path for a major overhaul of the tax code.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Groups-File-Brief-in-Bankruptcy-Tuition-Claw-Back-Case.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups File Brief in Bankruptcy Tuition “Claw Back” CaseACE filed an amicus brief this week on behalf of 19 other higher education associations in the first federal appeals court review of whether a bankruptcy trustee—charged to locate and collect an insolvent party’s assets—should be able to force an institution that has received payments from a parent for a child’s education to give that money back to the insolvent parent’s bankruptcy trustee.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Amicus-Brief-Mark-G-DeGiacomo-v-Sacred-Heart-University.aspxAmicus Brief: Mark G. DeGiacomo v. Sacred Heart University, Inc.Amicus brief on behalf of ACE and 19 other higher education associations to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in support of Sacred Heart University (CT) in the bankruptcy tuition “claw back” case, Mark G. DeGiacomo v. Sacred Heart University, Inc.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-to-the-Federal-Communications-Commission-on-Net-Neutrality.aspxComments to the Federal Communications Commission on Net NeutralityACE joined eight other associations in these comments to the Federal Communications Commission opposing efforts to roll back the Obama administration’s network neutrality rules.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/CAO-CBO-Workshop-Will-Focus-on-Strengthening-the-Partnership-to-Achieve-Institutional-Goals.aspxCAO-CBO Workshop Will Focus on Strengthening the Partnership to Achieve Institutional GoalsTo help better understand and support the important relationship between CAOs and CBOs, ACE and the National Association of College and University Business Officers will bring together CAOs and CBOs for a two-day workshop on how to build successful partnerships and meet current institutional challenges.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-of-Support-for-the-Harry-W-Colmery-Veterans-Educational-Assistance-Act-of-2017.aspxLetter of Support for the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017This comprehensive, bipartisan legislation would strengthen and expand educational benefits for veterans and their families, while ensuring that veterans and family members are able to access those benefits for a longer time.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Frelinghuysen-Lowey-on-FY18-Labor-HHS.aspxLetter on the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations BillLetter to Appropriations Committee Chair Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY) regarding the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill currently under consideration.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Committee-Approves-Bill-to-Expand-GI-Bill-Benefits.aspxHouse Committee Approves Bill to Expand GI Bill BenefitsThe House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs voted to approve a bipartisan bill to expand the Post-9/11 GI Bill, primarily by redefining eligibility and removing the 15-year cap for benefits that had forced veterans to “use it or lose it.”http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-to-the-Senate-Finance-Committee-on-Tax-Reform-and-Higher-Education.aspxComments to the Senate Finance Committee on Tax Reform and Higher EducationComments to the Senate Finance Committee discussing the tax provisions important to college students, families and institutions, as well as charitable giving tax incentives, particularly the itemized deduction for charitable giving.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-DHS-Secretary-John-Kelly-on-Proposed-Changes-to-the-Student-and-Exchange-Visitor-Program.aspxLetter to DHS Secretary John Kelly on Proposed Changes to the Student and Exchange Visitor ProgramACE joined 10 organizations in this letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly regarding suggestions that the administration is considering requiring international students to reapply for permission to stay in the United States every year, which would result in significant changes to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-of-Support-for-the-Veterans-Education-Empowerment-Act-of-2017.aspxLetter of Support for the Veterans Education Empowerment Act of 2017Modeled after the Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success program, the bill would authorize a competitive grant program in the Department of Veterans Affairs to support the creation of veteran student centers on campus.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Register-Now-for-Upcoming-ACE-Leadership-Academy-for-Department-Chairs-Workshops.aspxRegister Now for October ACE Leadership Academy for Department Chairs Workshop​Department chairs, division heads, program directors and unit leaders can now register for the final workshop of 2017.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-to-the-Centers-for-Medicare--Medicaid-Services-on-Subsidized-Graduate-Student-Health-Insurance-Plans.aspxComments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Subsidized Graduate Student Health Insurance PlansComments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in response to a request for information on reducing regulatory burdens imposed by the Affordable Care Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACEs-Advancing-to-the-Presidency-Workshop-to-Provide-Senior-Leaders-with-Tools-for-the-Next-Step.aspxACE’s Advancing to the Presidency Workshop to Provide Senior Leaders with Tools for the Next Step​Senior level higher education administrators who are planning to seek a college presidency within the next two years should consider applying for ACE’s Advancing to the Presidency workshop on successful presidential search and transition.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Upcoming-ACE-Leadership-Programs-Provide-Opportunities-for-CAOs-at-Every-Level.aspxUpcoming ACE Leadership Programs Provide Opportunities for CAOs at Every Level​Aspiring and seasoned chief academic officers (CAOs) have two opportunities to hone their leadership skills through upcoming ACE programs this fall.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Supreme-Court-Allows-Limited-Trump-Travel-Ban-to-Go-Into-Effect-Foreign-Students-Appear-Safe-for-Now.aspxSupreme Court Allows Limited Trump Travel Ban to Go Into Effect; Administration Issues New GuidelinesThe Supreme Court has kept in place a significant portion of the injunctions that have prevented enforcement of President Trump’s travel ban, but will take up the two federal appeals court rulings this fall.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Groups-Urge-Senate-to-Fix-Problems-With-Health-Bill.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups Urge Senate to Fix Problems With Health Care BillIn a letter to Senate leaders, ACE and 18 other higher education associations raised serious concerns about the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, the Senate bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Senate-Leaders-on-the-Better-Care-Reconciliation-Act-of-2017.aspxLetter to Senate Leaders on the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017​Letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) from ACE and 18 other higher education associations about the serious concerns the groups have with the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, the Senate bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/NIH-Director-Testifies-on-Budget-Request-for-FY-2018.aspxNIH Director Testifies on Budget Request for FY 2018National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins testified June 22 before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on his agency’s FY 2018 budget, which the White House is proposing to cut by $7.2 billion for the upcoming fiscal year.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Applications-Now-Being-Accepted-for-ACE-Fellows-Program-Class-of-2018-19.aspxApplications Now Being Accepted for ACE Fellows Program Class of 2018-19For five decades, the ACE Fellows Program has strengthened institutions in American higher education by identifying and preparing nearly 1,900 faculty, staff and administrators for senior positions in college and university leadership.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-Trump-Administration-Decision-to-Continue-DACA-Program.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Trump Administration Decision to Continue DACA ProgramACE responds to the Trump administration's announcement to continue the Obama-era program designed to protect so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as young children.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Urges-Support-for-National-Institutes-of-Health-as-HHS-Secretary-Prepares-to-Defend-Administrations-FY-2018-Budget.aspxACE Urges Support for National Institutes of Health as HHS Secretary Defends Administration’s FY 2018 BudgetACE's letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price and Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, expresses strong opposition to the Trump administration’s proposed $7.2 billion spending cut for NIH in FY 2018.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-the-Department-of-Educations-Regulatory-Review-Announcement.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Department of Education's Regulatory Review AnnouncementSecretary of Education Betsy DeVos has announced the department's intention to establish rulemaking committees on borrower defense to repayment and gainful employment regulations.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-NIH-and-OMB-on-Funding-for-the-National-Institutes-of-Health-in-FY-2018.aspxLetter to NIH and OMB on Funding for the National Institutes of Health in FY 2018Letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, expressing strong opposition to the Trump administration’s proposed $7.2 billion spending cut for the National Institutes of Health for FY 2018.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Groups-Ask-Congress-to-Continue-Support-for-Student-Aid-Research.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups Urge Congress to Continue Support for Student Aid, ResearchACE and 34 other higher education associations wrote to the leaders of the House and Senate budget and appropriations committees, asking them to maintain Congress’s “historic commitment” to financial aid and research in FY 2018.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Congressional-Budget-and-Appropriations-Leaders-on-Priorities-for-FY-2018.aspxLetter to Congressional Budget and Appropriations Leaders on Priorities for FY 2018Letter from ACE and 33 other higher education associations to the leaders of the House and Senate budget and appropriations committees, asking them to maintain Congress’s “historic commitment” to student financial aid and scientific research as they begin work on funding the federal government for FY 2018.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/New-ACE-Leadership-Program-Will-Help-Prepare-Administrators-for-the-Chief-Academic-Office.aspxNew ACE Leadership Program Will Help Prepare Administrators for the Chief Academic Office​The application is now open for a new ACE Leadership program, Advancing to the Chief Academic Office, designed specifically for mid-career administrators who will be seeking a CAO position within the next two years.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Trump-Budget-Slashes-Higher-Education-Along-With-Other-Domestic-Programs.aspxTrump Budget Slashes Higher Education Along With Other Domestic ProgramsThe president's $4.1 trillion budget proposal for FY 2018 makes deep cuts to higher education, which ACE President Molly Corbett Broad said in a statement would have a crushing impact on low-income and working-class Americans.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-President-Trumps-Fiscal-Year-2018-Budget.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 BudgetPresident Trump's budget for FY 2018 envisions drastic cuts to federal student aid and research funding of a magnitude not seen in nearly four decades.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-Supplemental-Questions-for-Visa-Applications-.aspxComments on Supplemental Questions for Visa ApplicationsACE and five other higher education associations submitted these comments in response to the Notice of Information Collection Under OMB Emergency Review: Supplemental Questions for Visa Applications published in the Federal Register on May 4, 2017.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-the-Veterans-Education-Priority-Enrollment-Act-of-2017.aspxComments on the Veterans Education Priority Enrollment Act of 2017ACE and eight other higher education associations submitted these comments to the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on the Veterans Education Priority Enrollment Act of 2017 (S.764).http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Other-Associations-Express-Concern-Over-Public-Service-Loan-Forgiveness-Program.aspxACE, Other Associations Express Concern Over Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program​ACE and 36 other higher education groups sent a letter last week to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, expressing concern with recent reports regarding the Department of Education’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/CAOB-May-June-2017.aspxCAO Briefing: May-June 2017CAO Briefing, ACE’s bi-monthly news roundup for chief academic officers, focuses on the changing role of CAOs. Read the news and event of interest to CAOs for May and June 2017.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Congressional-Leadership-in-Support-of-the-Fiscal-Year-2017-Consolidated-Appropriations-Act.aspxLetter to Congressional Leadership in Support of the Fiscal Year 2017 Consolidated Appropriations ActLetter from ACE and 36 other higher education associations to House and Senate leaders to express our strong support for passage of H.R. 244, the Fiscal Year 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act, particularly provisions that restore year-round Pell Grants and a significantly increase the National Institutes of Health.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Education-Secretary-About-Potential-Problems-With-the-Public-Service-Loan-Forgiveness-Program.aspxLetter to Education Secretary About Potential Problems With the Public Service Loan Forgiveness ProgramLetter expressing concern with recent reports that some borrowers, despite providing the Education Department with the required information, will be unable to rely upon the department’s previous determinations of their eligibility under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-Fiscal-Year-2017-Budget-Agreement.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Fiscal Year 2017 Budget AgreementStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the fiscal year 2017 budget agreement, which demonstrates strong, bipartisan support for the students and families our colleges and universities serve, and for the advancement of medical and scientific research.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Budget-Deal-Restores-Year-Round-Pell-Grants-Boosts-NIH-Funding-by-2-Billion.aspxBudget Deal Restores Year-Round Pell Grants, Boosts NIH Funding by $2 Billion​Congressional negotiators have reached an agreement on a $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund the federal government for the remainder of FY 2017.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Letter-to-DeVos-on-Suspension-of-IRS-Data-Retrieval-Tool.aspxLetter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Suspension of IRS Data Retrieval ToolACE and 25 other higher education associations sent this letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos about the recent suspension of the IRS data retrieval tool that makes the student financial aid application process quicker and more accurate for students and borrowers.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Other-Associations-Express-Concern-Over-Suspension-of-Federal-Data-Retrieval-Tool.aspxACE, Other Associations Express Concern Over Suspension of Federal Data Retrieval Tool​ACE and 25 other higher education associations expressed “grave concern” in a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about the suspension of the IRS data tool that makes the student financial aid application process quicker and more accurate.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Education-Coalition-Urges-Congress-to-Protect-Strengthen-Federal-Investment-in-Student-Aid.aspxHigher Education Coalition Urges Congress to Protect, Strengthen Federal Investment in Student Aid​ACE is among the 576 organizations and higher education institutions sending a letter to Congress urging members to protect the federal student loan program and strengthen Pell Grants.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Associations-Request-Congress-Finalize-Funding-for-FY-2017.aspxAssociations Request Congress Finalize Funding for FY 2017Thirty-five groups, including ACE, wrote to congressional leaders encouraging them to finalize work on the FY 2017 appropriations process “in the most expedient and least disruptive way” and opposing the cuts to student aid and research proposed by the Trump administration.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Congress-on-Finalizing-FY-2017-Appropriations.aspxLetter to Congress on Finalizing Appropriations for FY 2017Letter to congressional leaders encouraging them to finalize work on the FY 2017 appropriations process “in the most expedient and least disruptive way” and opposing the cuts to student aid and research proposed by the Trump administration.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Names-46-Emerging-Higher-Education-Leaders-to-ACE-Fellows-Program.aspxACE Names 46 Emerging Higher Education Leaders to ACE Fellows ProgramACE has selected 46 emerging college and university leaders for the 2017-18 class of the ACE Fellows Program, the longest running leadership development program in the United States.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Mark-Your-Calendars-for-2017-ACE-Leadership-Programming.aspxMark Your Calendars for 2017 ACE Leadership ProgrammingACE Leadership serves individuals and institutions that are eager to seize opportunity and embrace the complex challenges confronting higher education today. The 2017 slate of programs and events is now available.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Other-Groups-Call-on-FCC-to-Uphold-Net-Neutrality-Rules.aspxACE, Other Groups Call on FCC to Uphold Net Neutrality Rules​ACE and a number of other organizations sent a letter March 29 to Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai outlining a set of net neutrality principles they recommend should form the basis of any review of the FCC’s Open Internet Order.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-on-the-2017-Compliance-Supplement-Vett-Draft.aspxLetter on the 2017 Compliance Supplement Vett DraftLetter to the Office of Federal Financial Management on the 2017 Compliance Supplement Vett Draft. The letter provides input on the requirements proposed in the Department of Education’s Student Financial Assistance Cluster Special Tests and Provisions section, number 14, Securing Student Information.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Letter-in-Support-of-AIM-HIGH-Bill.aspxACE Letter in Support of AIM HIGH BillACE sent this letter to Reps. Phil Roe (R-TN) and Joe Courtney (D-CT) in support of their bill to establish an independent commission to develop voluntary accessibility guidelines for postsecondary electronic instructional materials. The congressmen introduced the measure—known as the Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education (AIM-HIGH) Act—in the House March 29.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Supports-Bill-to-Promote-Equal-Access-to-Education-for-Students-with-Disabilities.aspxACE Supports Bill to Promote Equal Access to Education for Students with DisabilitiesACE sent a letter today to Reps. Phil Roe (R-TN) and Joe Courtney (D-CT) in support of their bill to establish an independent commission to develop voluntary accessibility guidelines for postsecondary electronic instructional materials.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Education-Leaders-Send-Letter-on-Dreamers-to-President-Trump.aspxHigher Education Leaders Send Letter About Dreamers to President Trump​More than 560 college and university presidents sent a letter March 16 to President Trump in support of the “Dreamers,” a group of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Trump-Budget-Proposes-Deep-Cuts-for-Student-Aid-Research-Funding.aspxTrump Budget Proposes Deep Cuts for Student Aid, Research FundingWhile the "skinny budget" does not contain detailed information on all programs, what was identified would represent the largest cuts to student aid and research funding proposed in decades.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-House-and-Senate-Appropriations-Committee-Leaders-on-Year-Round-Pell-Grants.aspxLetter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee Leaders on Year-Round Pell GrantsACE and 38 other higher education groups sent a letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders expressing strong support for restoring year-round Pell Grants in any spending bill they devise for the rest of FY 2017.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-From-College-and-University-Presidents-to-President-Trump-About-Dreamers.aspxLetter From College and University Presidents to President Trump About “Dreamers”Signed by more than 560 college and university presidents, this letter thanks President Trump for his positive comments about “Dreamers” and asks him to allow these productive and high-achieving individuals to continue working and studying while his administration and Congress arrive at a permanent solution regarding their immigration status.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Summary-Outlines-Revised-Travel-Bans-Potential-Impact-on-Higher-Education.aspxACE Summary Outlines Revised Travel Ban’s Potential Impact on Higher Education​President Trump signed a new executive order March 6 outlining his revised immigration travel ban, which aims to address the range of legal issues with the original order signed on Jan. 27.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Senate-Leaders-on-Blocking-Teacher-Preparation-Rule.aspxLetter to Senate Leaders in Support of Resolution to Block Implementation of Teacher Preparation RuleLetter of support for S.J. Res. 26, a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to block implementation of an October 2016 rule related to teacher preparation programs.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Revised-Immigration-Executive-Order-President-Trumps-Temporary-Travel-Ban.aspxRevised Immigration Executive Order: President Trump’s Temporary Travel Ban Now Impacts Six, Not Seven, Countries Along With Other ChangesOn March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order which revokes the controversial Jan. 27, 2017, executive order that temporarily banned visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries. This issue brief gives an overview of the key points of interest to higher education institutions in the new order.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-President-Trumps-Revised-Immigration-Executive-Order.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on President Trump’s Revised Immigration Executive OrderIn response to the Trump administration’s second executive order on immigration, an effort to clarify the first executive order on issued on Jan. 27.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Trump-Signs-New-Travel-Ban-Clarifies-Potential-Impact-on-Student-Visa-Holders.aspxTrump Issues New Travel Ban, Clarifies Potential Impact on Student Visa HoldersACE President Molly Corbett Broad says that while a step in the right direction, the order still creates a climate where it is hard to view the United States as a welcoming place for study and research.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/CAOB-March-April-2017.aspxCAO Briefing: March-April 2017CAO Briefing, ACE’s bi-monthly news roundup for chief academic officers, focuses on the changing role of CAOs. Read the news and event of interest to CAOs for March and April 2017.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/DeVos-Confirmed-as-Secretary-of-Education-Higher-Education-Agenda-Largely-Unknown.aspxDeVos Confirmed as Secretary of Education; Higher Education Agenda Largely Unknown​Betsy DeVos, a wealthy Republican advocate and donor to K-12 charter schools and voucher programs, was confirmed by the Senate yesterday as the new secretary of education.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Report-Underscores-Need-for-Comprehensive-Leadership-Development.aspxACE Report Underscores Need for Comprehensive Leadership DevelopmentThe report, “Looking Back and Looking Forward: A Review of the ACE Fellows Program,” shares select findings from a comprehensive review of the Council’s signature leadership development program.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Presidents-Tell-DHS-Secretary-About-Important-Role-International-Students-and-Scholars-Play-in-the-U-S.aspxPresidents Tell DHS Secretary About Critical Role International Students and Scholars Play in the U.S.​Six hundred college and university presidents have written to the secretary of Homeland Security, expressing concern about President Trump’s order imposing a 90-day travel ban on seven Muslim countries and freezing refugee admissions.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-in-Support-of-Resolution-to-Block-Teacher-Preparation-Rule.aspxLetter to House in Support of Resolution to Block Implementation of Teacher Preparation RuleLetter to leaders of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in support of H. J. Res. 58, a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to block implementation of an October 2016 rule related to teacher preparation programs.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-From-College-and-University-Presidents-to-Homeland-Security-Secretary-on-Presidents-Immigration-Executive-Order.aspxLetter From College and University Presidents to Homeland Security Secretary on President's Immigration Executive OrderOn Feb. 3, the higher education community sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly to express concerns about President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” It was signed by 603 college and university presidents and sent by ACE on behalf of itself and a number of major higher education associations.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-in-Support-of-the-Expand-American-Educational-Opportunity-Act-of-2017.aspxLetter in Support of the Expand American Educational Opportunity Act of 2017​Letter to Rep. Lloyd Dogged (D-TX) in support of the Expand American Educational Opportunity Act of 2017, a bill to enhance access to college by making important reforms to the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) and Lifetime Learning Credit.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Secretary-of-Homeland-Security-John-Kelly-on-Maintaining-the-US-as-the-Destination-of-Choice-for-Students.aspxLetter to Homeland Security Secretary on Maintaining the United States as the Destination of Choice for Students, ScholarsACE and 50 other higher education associations sent this letter to Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly on maintaining the United States as the destination of choice for the world’s best students, faculty and scholars.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Other-Associations-Write-Secretary-of-Homeland-Security-John-Kelly-About-Maintaining-U-S-as-Destination-of-Choice.aspxAssociations Write Homeland Security Secretary on Maintaining U.S. as Destination of Choice for International Students, ScholarsACE and 50 other higher education associations have written to Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly to offer assistance with the challenges the department faces in connection with international students, faculty and scholars.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Senate-Panel-Questions-DeVos-in-Contentious-Confirmation-Hearing-for-Education-Secretary.aspxSenate Panel Questions DeVos in Contentious Confirmation Hearing for Education Secretary​While Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next secretary of education, offered little clarity around her views on higher education, her responses to several questions did hint at what the agency’s higher education agenda might look like in the future, should she be confirmed.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Groups-Back-BRIDGE-Act-for-DACA-Recipients.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups Back BRIDGE Act for DACA RecipientsSens. Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin have introduced a bill to provide temporary relief from deportation and employment authorization for recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status and DACA-eligible individuals.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-in-Support-of-the-BRIDGE-Act.aspxLetter in Support of the BRIDGE ActLetter from ACE and 20 other higher education associations to Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) in support of the Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream and Grow Our Economy (BRIDGE) Act (S. 128).http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/CAOB-January-February-2017.aspxCAO Briefing: January-February 2017CAO Briefing, ACE’s bi-monthly news roundup for chief academic officers, focuses on the changing role of CAOs. Read the news and event of interest to CAOs for January and February 2017.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Amicus-Brief-to-Region-5-of-the-National-Labor-Relations-Board-on-The-George-Washington-University.aspxAmicus Brief: To the NLRB in Support of The George Washington University on the Issue of Resident Advisor UnionizationACE and 12 other associations filed this brief with Region 5 of the National Labor Relations Board in the matter of The George Washington University and the Service Employees International Union Local 500, involving the issue of whether college and university resident advisors can be considered "employees," eligible to unionize under the National Labor Relations Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Releases-Brief-on-the-Post-Election-Climate-for-the-Deferred-Action-for-Childhood-Arrivals-Program-Sanctuary-Campuses.aspxACE Releases Brief on the Post-Election Climate for the DACA Program, “Sanctuary Campuses”Amid uncertainty about the future of the nation’s immigration laws under the Trump administration, ACE has released a new issue brief that can help frame the discussion about these questions and concerns.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Immigration-Post-Election-Q-A-DACA-Students-Sanctuary-Campuses.aspxImmigration Post-Election Q&A: DACA Students, “Sanctuary Campuses” and Institutional or Community AssistanceThis ACE Issue Brief addresses concerns such as the data Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals applicants submitted in their applications; sanctuary campuses; institutional pledges of non-cooperation; and complying with requests by federal officials for records identifying undocumented students or other community members.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Federal-Judge-Blocks-Obama-Administrations-Overtime-Pay-Rule.aspxFederal Judge Blocks Obama Administration's Overtime Pay Rule​A federal district judge in Texas last week at least temporarily blocked the Department of Labor’s overtime rule set to go into effect Dec. 1, a decision that could have a substantial impact on colleges and universities.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Amicus-Brief-BMG-Rights-Management-v-Cox-Communications-Inc.aspxAmicus Brief: BMG Rights Management v. Cox Communications Inc.Amicus brief to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia concerning the applicability of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act “safe harbors” to broadband internet providers.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Education-Department-Releases-Final-Borrower-Defenses-Regulations.aspxEducation Department Releases Final Borrower Defense RegulationsThe new rules apply a uniform federal standard for the handling of student loan discharges in cases where borrowers assert fraud or abuse by institutions.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Groups-Restore-Year-Round-Pell-Grants.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups: Restore Year-Round Pell Grants​ACE and 33 other higher education groups sent a letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders expressing strong support for restoring year-round Pell Grants in any spending bill they devise for the rest of FY 2017.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Administration-Allows-Colleges-and-Universities-to-Continue-Subsidizing-Graduate-Student-Health-Plans.aspxAdministration Allows Colleges and Universities to Continue Subsidizing Graduate Student Health Plans​Three federal agencies last week announced that colleges and universities can continue providing subsidized student health insurance plans to graduate students under the Affordable Care Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Congressional-Appropriations-Leaders-on-Year-Round-Pell.aspxLetter to Congressional Appropriations Leaders on Year-Round Pell GrantsLetter from ACE and 33 other higher education groups expressing strong support for the restoration of year-round Pell Grants in the FY 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-to-the-Federal-Communications-Commission-on-Business-Data-Services.aspxComments to the Federal Communications Commission on Business Data ServicesACE and six higher education associations submitted this letter in support of comments filed by Internet2 and EDUCAUSE in the Federal Communications Commission’s Business Data Services proceeding.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Education-Groups-Submit-Brief-to-Connecticut-Supreme-Court-in-Study-Abroad-Liability-Lawsuit.aspxACE, Education Groups Submit Brief to Connecticut Supreme Court in Study Abroad Liability LawsuitACE, along with 23 higher education and independent schools associations, has submitted a brief to the Connecticut Supreme Court in the so-called Hotchkiss School “tick-bite case,” a study abroad liability suit.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Expanding-Collaboration-Between-US-and-Ibero-American-Higher-Education.aspxExpanding Collaboration Between U.S. and Ibero-American Higher EducationHeather H. Ward of ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement shares highlights on the recent seminar, “Partnering with U.S. Higher Education,” held Oct. 5-7 in Miami.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Education-Department-Releases-Final-Teacher-Preparation-Regulations.aspxEducation Department Releases Final Teacher Preparation Regulations​The regulations require states to report on and rate programs using a number of measures including student learning outcomes, placement and retention rates and feedback from graduates and their employers.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Amicus-Brief-Munn-v-Hotchkiss.aspxAmicus Brief: Munn v. The Hotchkiss SchoolAmicus brief to the Connecticut Supreme Court in support of the Hotchkiss School’s position in Munn v. The Hotchkiss School.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Associations-Comment-on-Proposed-Web-Accessibility-Rules.aspxACE, Associations Comment on Proposed Web Accessibility RulesACE and 12 other higher education associations submitted comments last week in response to a Department of Justice request for input on revising the regulations governing the accessibility of state and local government websites—including those of public universities—under the Americans with Disabilities Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-the-Justice-Department-Notice-of-Proposed-Rulemaking-on-Web-Accessibility-on-the-State-and-Local-Level.aspxComments on the Justice Department's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Web Accessibility at the State and Local LevelComments from ACE and 12 other higher education associations to the Department of Justice on the Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking web accessibility at state and local government entities.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Supreme-Court-Denies-Petitions-To-Hear-NCAA-v-OBannon.aspxSupreme Court Denies Petitions To Hear NCAA v. O'Bannon​The U.S. Supreme Court has denied requests by both parties to review last year’s federal appeals court decision in O’Bannon v. NCAA, a case involving federal antitrust laws and restrictions on the compensation of intercollegiate athletes.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-in-Support-of-the-Regulatory-Relief-for-Small-Businesses-Schools-and-Nonprofits-Act.aspxLetter in Support of the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools and Nonprofits ActLetter to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in support of a bill that would provide a six-month delay in implementing the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, which more than doubles the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime salary threshold.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Groups-Submit-Testimony-on-Endowments-to-House-Ways-Means-Subcommittee.aspxACE, Groups Submit Testimony on Endowments to House Ways & Means Subcommittee​ACE and six other higher education associations submitted testimony for the record last week to the House Ways & Means Oversight Subcommittee as a follow-up to a Sept. 13 hearing on college and university endowments and their potential impact on areas such as college access and affordability.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Supports-Legislation-Promoting-Equal-Access-to-Education-for-Students-with-Disabilities.aspxACE Supports Legislation Promoting Equal Access to Education for Students with Disabilities​ACE believes that equal access to higher education for students with disabilities is a critical issue, and strongly supports the Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education (AIM HE) Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-C-RACs-New-Review-Policy.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on C-RAC’s New Review PolicyStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions' new review policy, which will further scrutinize institutions with low graduation rates.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Testimony-to-House-Subcommittee-for-Hearing-on-College-and-University-Endowments.aspxTestimony to House Subcommittee for Hearing on College and University EndowmentsTestimony for the record submitted to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight for the Sept. 13 hearing, Review of Tax-Exempt College and University Endowments.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Associations-Urge-Permanent-Solution-to-Graduate-Student-Health-Insurance-Issues.aspxACE, Associations Urge Permanent Solution to Graduate Student Health Insurance IssueIn a letter to three federal agencies, the groups urge permanent guidance that will allow universities to continue providing subsidized health insurance plans for their graduate students under the Affordable Care Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Associations-Comment-on-Proposed-Rules-for-State-Oversight-of-Distance-Education.aspxAssociations Comment on Proposed Rules for State Oversight of Distance Education​​ACE and a group of 17 higher education associations submitted comments to the Education Department on the proposed regulations on state authorization requirements for postsecondary distance education.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Law-Firm-Sues-Private-Universities-for-ERISA-Violations.aspxIssue Brief: Law Firm Sues Private Universities for ERISA ViolationsThis issue brief gives an overview of lawsuits filed in August 2016 against private universities alleging that they had breached their fiduciary duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act in the way they administer their 403(b) retirement plans.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-on-Developing-a-Permanent-Solution-for-Subsidized-Graduate-Student-Health-Insurance-Coverage.aspxLetter on Guidance for Subsidized Graduate Student Health Insurance CoverageLetter to the departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services on the need for guidance that will permit universities to continue providing subsidized student health insurance coverage to their graduate students.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-to-the-Department-of-Education-on-Proposed-State-Authorization-Rules.aspxComments to the Department of Education on Proposed State Authorization RulesThe proposed regulations deal with states' oversight of online courses offered by out-of-state colleges and universities, as well as state oversight of educational programs offered at foreign locations of domestic institutions.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Peter-McDonough-Statement-on-NLRB-Ruling.aspxStatement by ACE Vice President and General Counsel Peter McDonough on NLRB’s Columbia University RulingThe National Labor Relations Board has ruled 3-1 that students who work as teaching or research assistants at private colleges and universities are employees and eligible to be unionized.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Associations-Comment-on-Proposed-Borrower-Defenses-Regulations.aspxACE, Higher Education Associations Comment on Proposed Borrower Defenses Regulations​ACE and a group of 13 other higher education associations have submitted comments on proposed regulations for discharge of federal loans when colleges have defrauded students.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Infographic-Highlights-the-Federal-Perkins-Loan-Program.aspxACE Infographic Highlights the Federal Perkins Loan ProgramSee the latest installment in the ACE Center for Policy and Research Strategy's Higher Ed Spotlight series, which covers relevant and timely issues of interest to higher education stakeholders.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-Proposed-Borrower-Defenses-Regulations.aspxComments on Proposed Borrower Defense RegulationsComments to the Department of Education from ACE and 13 other higher education associations on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding borrower defenses to student loan repayment published in the Federal Register on June 16, 2016.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-Proposed-Borrower-Defenses-Regulations-Changes-to-the-Financial-Responsibility-Standards.aspxComments on Proposed Borrower Defenses Regulations: Changes to the Financial Responsibility StandardsComments to the Department of Education from ACE and nine other higher education associations on proposed changes to the financial responsibility standards in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding student loan borrower defenses to repayment.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/CPRS-Research-Informs-Pressing-Issues-in-Higher-Education.aspxACE CPRS' Research Informs Pressing Issues in Higher EducationCPRS produces papers, briefs, blog posts, infographics and convenings that explore emergent practices with an emphasis on solutions for an evolving higher education landscape and changing American demographic.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Department-of-Education-Proposes-Rules-on-Oversight-of-Online-Courses.aspxDepartment of Education Proposes Rules on Oversight of Online Courses​The proposed regulations on state authorization requirements for postsecondary distance education outline how colleges and universities that offer online education programs to students in other states should be regulated.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Memo-Outlines-Rules-Governing-Political-Activity-on-Campus.aspxACE Memo Outlines Rules Governing Political Activity on CampusACE’s memo on Political Campaign-Related Activities of and at Colleges and Universities can help campuses learn more about the appropriate ways to become involved in elections.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Committee-Passes-FY-2017-Education-Appropriations-Bill.aspxHouse Committee Passes FY 2017 Education Appropriations Bill​The full House Committee on Appropriations voted 31-19 July 14 to approve the FY 2017 spending bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, which does not restore year-round Pell Grants.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Approves-Five-Higher-Education-Bills.aspxHouse Approves Five Higher Education Bills​The House has passed five higher education bills that aim to improve the financial aid process, enhance consumer information and strengthen federal programs that support the work of minority-serving institutions.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/After-a-Year-of-Change-2015-16-Class-of-ACE-Fellows-Gather-for-Final-Retreat.aspxAfter a Year of Change, 2015-16 Class of ACE Fellows Gathers for Final Retreat​For many members of the 2015-16 class of the ACE Fellows Program, the institutions they will be returning to this fall will look and feel drastically different than when they left.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Appropriations-Subcommittee-Approves-FY-2017-Labor-HHS-Education-Bill.aspxHouse Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY 2017 Labor-HHS-Education BillThe House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education has approved its spending bill for FY 2017. The bill does not restore year-round Pell Grants.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Archived-ACE-Webcast-on-Impact-of-Federal-Overtime-Regulation-on-Higher-Education-Now-Available.aspxArchived ACE Webcast on Impact of Federal Overtime Regulation on Higher Education Now Available​The June 17 ACE webcast discussing the potential challenges campuses will face in implementing the new Fair Labor Standards Act overtime pay regulation is now archived and available for free viewing.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Senators-Ask-Administration-to-Clarify-Graduate-Student-Health-Coverage-Rules.aspxSenators Ask Administration to Clarify Graduate Student Health Coverage Rules​Sen. Charles Schumer and a group of 16 Democratic senators sent a letter last week to the Obama administration on the need to develop a permanent solution to allow graduate students to receive subsidized student health insurance coverage.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Supreme-Court-Affirms-Constitutionality-of-UT-Admissions-Policy.aspxSupreme Court Affirms Constitutionality of UT Admissions Policy​​The U.S. Supreme Court on June 23 issued its long-awaited decision in the second hearing of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (UT), voting 4-3 to uphold UT’s diversity in admissions policy.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-Statement-on-Fisher-v-University-of-Texas-at-Austin-Ruling.aspxACE President Molly Corbett Broad Statement on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin DecisionThe U.S. Supreme Court has voted 4-3 to uphold the University of Texas at Austin's consideration of race and ethnicity in college admissions.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Committee-Approves-Five-Bills-in-Move-Toward-Reauthorizing-the-Higher-Education-Act.aspxHouse Committee Approves Five Bills in Move Toward Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act​The House Education and the Workforce Committee has approved five higher education measures focused on improving the financial aid process, enhancing consumer information and strengthening federal programs that support the work of minority-serving institutions.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-on-House-HEA-Bills-June-2016.aspxLetter on Package of House Higher Education Act BillsLetter to Reps. John Kline (R-MN) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) of the House Education and the Workforce Committee on the package of higher education legislation the committee will consider on June 22.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Institute-Fostered-Collaboration-Among-Campus-Leaders-in-Crafting-Plans-for-Internationalization.aspxACE Institute Fostered Collaboration Among Campus Leaders in Crafting Plans for Internationalization​ACE last week hosted the Institute for Leading Internationalization, a three-day professional development program for campus leaders who have a critical role in advancing internationalization.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Senate-Appropriations-Bill-Restores-Year-Round-Pell-Increases-NIH-Funding.aspxSenate Appropriations Bill Restores Year-Round Pell, Increases NIH Funding​The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations subcommittee yesterday approved a $162 billion funding bill for FY 2017 that restores year-round Pell Grants and increases the maximum grant award from $5,815 to $5,935.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Releases-Issue-Brief-to-Help-Institutions-Prepare-for-New-Federal-Overtime-Rule.aspxACE Releases Issue Brief to Help Institutions Prepare for New Federal Overtime Rule​Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor released its long-anticipated final rule on overtime pay. This issue brief will help campuses prepare before the new rule goes into effect on Dec. 1.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Webinar-on-Providing-Subsidized-Student-Health-Insurance-to-Graduate-Students-Now-Available.aspxACE Webinar on Providing Subsidized Student Health Insurance to Graduate Students Now Available​A free video and powerpoint slides are now available of the May 12 ACE webinar exploring whether helping graduate students pay for student health insurance could trigger penalties for colleges and universities under the Affordable Care Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Webinar-on-Student-Health-Insurance-PowerPoint-Slides.aspxACE Webinar on Providing Graduate Student Health Insurance PowerPoint SlidesProviding subsidized student health insurance to graduate students under the Affordable Care Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Analysis-of-IRS-Guidance-for-ACA-Grad-Student-Subsidies.aspxAnalysis of the IRS Notice from Ernst & Young Regarding Graduate Student Health Insurance SubsidiesAn analysis of the IRS notice from Ernst & Young LLP regarding Affordable Care Act rules for institutions offering subsidized student health coverage to graduate students.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Issue-Brief-U-S-Department-of-Labor-Issues-FLSAs-New-Overtime-Rule.aspxIssue Brief: U.S. Department of Labor Issues FLSA’s New Overtime RuleOn May 23, the U.S. Department of Labor released its long-anticipated final rule on overtime pay, which will have a significant impact on colleges and universities nationwide. This issue brief on the new rule will help institutions prepare for when it goes into effect on Dec. 1.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Releases-Brief-on-New-Federal-Transgender-Guidance.aspxACE Releases Brief on New Federal Guidance on Transgender StudentsThe issue brief helps colleges and universities understand their responsibilities to transgender students under the new guidance documents issued by the ​Departments of Education and Justice.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-in-Support-of-the-CHANCE-Act.aspxLetter in Support of the CHANCE ActLetter to Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) in support of the Creating Higher Education Affordability Necessary to Compete Economically Act, which would significantly strengthen and expand the Pell Grant Program.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Administration-Releases-New-Overtime-Rules.aspxNew Federal Overtime Rule Could Have Significant Impact on Higher EducationThe Department of Labor's final rule on overtime pay establishes a new threshold of $47,476 a year for those working more than 40 hours a week to be eligible for overtime compensation.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Departments-of-Education-and-Justice-Release-Joint-Guidance-Related-to-Transgender-Students-and-Title-IX.aspxIssue Brief: U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Release Joint Guidance Related to Transgender Students and Title IXThe Departments of Education and Justice released joint guidance May 13 to help educational institutions understand their responsibilities to serve transgender students. This ACE issue brief looks at select aspects of the guidance and answers possible questions campuses may have.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-the-Department-of-Labors-FLSA-Overtime-Regulation.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Department of Labor’s FLSA Overtime RegulationColleges and universities are major employers in many communities around the country, offering stable jobs with good wages and benefits to millions of individuals from many professions and walks of life.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-of-Support-for-Boost-Saving-for-College-Act.aspxLetter of Support for the Boost Saving for College ActLetter to Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) in support of the Boost Saving for College Act (S. 2869), an effort to help low- and middle-income families start saving for college by enhancing 529 college savings accounts.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Groups-Comment-on-Distance-Education-Provisions-in-Teacher-Preparation-Regulations.aspxACE Comments on Distance Education Provisions in Teacher Preparation Regulations​Along with five other presidential higher education associations, ACE submitted comments to the Education Department on the distance education provisions in its proposed teacher preparation program rules.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-the-Distance-Education-Provisions-in-the-Proposed-Teacher-Preparation-Program-Regulations.aspxComments on the Distance Education Provisions in the Proposed Teacher Preparation Program RegulationsComments submitted by ACE and the five other presidential higher education associations to the Department of Education regarding the distance education provisions in the proposed regulations for teacher preparation programs.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Associations-Urge-Congress-to-Preserve-Pell-Surplus-DoD-Research-Funding.aspxACE, Associations Urge Congress to Preserve Pell Surplus, DoD Research FundingThe groups sent a letter expressing strong opposition to any effort to take funds from the Pell Grant Program to use for other purposes in the FY 2017 Labor-HHS appropriations bills.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Appropriations-Committee-Leaders-on-Pell-Surplus.aspxLetter to Appropriations Committee Leaders on the Pell Grant Program SurplusLetter to the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees expressing strong opposition to any effort to use funding taken from the Pell Grant program for any other purpose in the FY 2017 Labor-HHS appropriations bills.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Names-33-Emerging-Higher-Education-Leaders-to-ACE-Fellows-Program.aspxACE Names 33 Emerging Higher Education Leaders to ACE Fellows ProgramACE has selected 33 emerging college and university leaders for the 2016-17 Class of the ACE Fellows Program, the longest running leadership development program in the United States.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-House-and-Senate-Appropriations-Subcommittees-on-DoD-Research-Funding.aspxLetter to House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on DoD Research FundingLetter to the House and Senate Appropriations Department of Defense subcommittees, requesting continued support in FY 2017 for the critical funding for scientific research provided through DoD.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Association-Statement-Opposing-Connecticut-Proposal-to-Tax-Yale-University.aspxAssociation Statement Opposing Connecticut Proposal to Tax Yale UniversityACE, the Association of American Universities, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities issued this joint statement in response to legislation under consideration by the Connecticut General Assembly to impose taxation on Yale University.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/New-Report-Federal-Aid-Rarely-Affects-Tuition-Policy-at-Colleges-and-Universities.aspxNew Report: Federal Aid Rarely Affects Tuition Policy at Colleges and Universities​A new monograph written for ACE finds little evidence that increases in federal financial aid drive up college tuition, and that institutions rarely rely on federal aid as a rationale to give out less of their own institutional aid.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Appropriations-Committee-Leaders-on-Funding-Priorities-for-FY-2017.aspxLetter to Appropriations Committee Leaders on Funding Priorities for FY 2017Letter to the leaders of the House and Senate appropriations committees requesting support for student aid and research programs for the upcoming fiscal year.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Releases-Memo-on-Campus-Political-Campaign-Activities.aspxACE Releases Memo on Campus Political Campaign ActivitiesWith the 2016 presidential election in full swing, ACE has reissued its memo on Political Campaign-Related Activities of and at Colleges and Universities.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Federal-Financial-Aid-Policy-and-College-Behavior.aspxFederal Financial Aid Policy and College BehaviorThis new monograph by Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman finds little evidence that increases in federal financial aid drive up college tuition, and that institutions rarely rely on federal aid as a rationale to give out less of their own institutional aid.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Casteen-Receives-2016-ACE-Council-of-FellowsFidelity-Investments-Mentor-Award.aspxCasteen Receives 2016 ACE Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award​John T. Casteen III, president emeritus of the University of Virginia, was presented today with the 2016 Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award during the opening plenary of ACE2016.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Implementation-of-Mandatory-Box-1-Reporting-of-IRS-Form-1098T.aspxFact Sheet: Implementation of Mandatory Box 1 Reporting of IRS Form 1098-TOn Dec. 18, 2015, the Consolidated Appropriations Act amended the Internal Code, eliminating the option for colleges and universities to report amounts billed for qualified tuition and expenses in Box 2 of IRS Form 1098-T.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-the-IRS-Regarding-Mandatory-Reporting-on-IRS-Form-1098T.aspxLetter to the IRS Regarding Mandatory Reporting on IRS Form 1098-TACE and 13 other associations are requesting the IRS to delay implementation of new mandatory reporting requirements higher education institutions will have to include in a tax form issued to students.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Fact-Sheet-The-Impact-of-Proposed-Federal-Overtime-Rule-Changes-on-Colleges-and-Universities.aspxFact Sheet: The Impact of Proposed Federal Overtime Rule Changes on Colleges and UniversitiesThe Department of Labor proposed new rules in July 2015 to change the governing exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime pay requirements for executive, administrative and professional employees.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Memo-Political-Campaign-Related-Activities-of-and-at-Colleges-and-Universities.aspxPolitical Campaign-Related Activities of and at Colleges and UniversitiesWith the 2016 election in full swing, consult this memo to help educate campus adminitrators, faculty and staff on appropriate ways to become involved in elections, whether hosting an event or volunteering for a campaign.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Talking-Points-ACA-and-Graduate-Student-Subsidies-for-SHIP-Coverage.aspxFact Sheet: The ACA and Graduate Student Subsidies for SHIP CoverageOn Feb. 5, 2016, the departments of Treasury, Health and Human Services, and Labor issued guidance that providing graduate students with student health insurance plan coverage is not permitted under the ACA’s employer mandate.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Lucie-Lapovsky-to-Receive-Donna-Shavlik-Award-at-ACE2016.aspxLucie Lapovsky to Receive Donna Shavlik Award at ACE2016The award will be given at ACE2016, ACE’s 98th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, during the Women's Leadership Dinner. The Michigan ACE Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education also will be recognized.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/WEDNESDAY-BUZZ-President-Releases-Budget-for-FY-2017-Requests-Funding-for-Americas-College-Promise-Program.aspxWEDNESDAY BUZZ: President Releases Budget for FY 2017, Requests Funding for America’s College Promise Program​President Obama released the final budget request of his presidency yesterday, requesting a total of $69.4 billion for the Department of Education for FY 2017.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Fellows-Gather-for-Mid-Year-Retreat-Gain-Perspective-on-Fellowship-Year.aspxACE Fellows Gather for Mid-Year Retreat, Gain Perspective on Fellowship YearThe ACE Fellows Program Class of 2015-16 met last month in Miami for a mid-year retreat designed to foster reflection on the fellowship experience, assess progress on individual goals and create a post-Fellowship plan.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Launches-Moving-the-Needle-Campaign-to-Achieve-Higher-Education-Leadership-Gender-Parity.aspxACE Launches Moving the Needle Campaign to Achieve Higher Education Leadership Gender ParityA new campaign that asks presidents of colleges, universities and related associations to commit to helping achieve the goal that by 2030, half of U.S. college and university chief executives are women.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-Notice-of-Benefit-and-Payment-Parameters-for-2017.aspxComments on Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2017Comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid on the proposed 2017 Benefit and Payment Parameters, the annual rule through which it sets out Affordable Care Act policy for the coming years.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Amicus-Brief-to-NLRB-on-The-New-School.aspxAmicus Brief to the National Labor Relations Board on The New SchoolACE and five other associations filed this brief with the National Labor Relations Board in the case of The New School and Student Employees at The New School – Sens UAW, involving the issue of whether graduate students serving in various graduate assistant categories at private nonprofit universities have collective bargaining rights and can unionize under the National Labor Relations Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Congress-Poised-to-Reinstate-Perkins-Loan-Program.aspxCongress Poised to Reinstate Perkins Loan Program​Congress is poised this week to reinstate the Federal Perkins Loan Program, which expired on Oct. 1. The Senate today approved a bill renewing the program for two years, although with restrictions that will raise costs for many borrowers. The House is expected to follow suit on Thursday.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-the-Senate-on-Perkins-Loan-Program-Extension.aspxLetter to the Senate on Perkins Loan Program ExtensionLetter to Senate HELP Committee leaders on behalf of 8 higher education associations to urge the consideration of legislation to extend the Federal Perkins Loan Program.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Supreme-Court-Takes-a-Second-Look-at-Fisher-v-UT-Austin.aspxSupreme Court Takes a Second Look at UT's Admissions PolicyThe U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Dec. 9 in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (UT), a case that focuses on UT’s limited use of race in its admissions process.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Perkins-Loan-Supporters-Push-for-Reinstatement-of-the-Program.aspxPerkins Loan Supporters Push for Reinstatement of the Program​ACE, 53 higher education organizations and 535 colleges and universities are requesting a one-year extension of the Perkins Loan Program, which expired on Oct. 1.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Congress-in-Support-of-Perkins-Loan-Program.aspxLetter to Congress in Support of Perkins Loan ProgramLetter to congressional leaders on behalf of 53 higher education organizations and 535 institutions in support a one-year extension of the Perkins Loan Program.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Associations-Ask-Congress-to-Prioritize-Higher-Education-in-FY-2016-Labor-HHS-Spending-Bill.aspxAssociations Ask Congress to Prioritize Higher Education in FY 2016 Labor-HHS Spending BillACE and a group of 21 higher education associations ask for higher education be made a priority as appropriations committees move forward on the remaining spending bills for the 2016 fiscal year.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-Draft-Rule-for-STEM-OPT-Program.aspxComments on Draft Rule for STEM OPT ProgramComments to the Department of Homeland Security on its proposed rule for STEM Optional Practical Training.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-on-Higher-Education-Funding-in-the-FY-2016-Labor-HHS-Appropriations-Bill.aspxLetter on Higher Education Funding in the FY 2016 Labor-HHS Appropriations BillLetter to House and Senate appropriations committee leaders urging them to prioritize higher education in the FY 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Department-of-Education-Announces-Accreditation-Plans.aspxDepartment of Education Announces Accreditation Plans​The Department of Education has released a package of measures designed to enhance higher education accreditation, part of the administration’s push to make accreditors focus more on student outcomes.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-the-Department-of-Education-Accreditation-Plan.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Department of Education's Accreditation PlanThere is no question that accreditors are being called upon to watch institutions—especially low-performing schools—more carefully and the Department of Education’s action comes in response to that imperative.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-on-the-Tax-Provisions-in-the-PARTNERSHIPS-Act.aspxLetter on the Tax Provisions in the PARTNERSHIPS ActLetter to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) in support of the tax provisions in the PARTNERSHIPS Act (S. 2191), which will make the tax code more effective in aiding students and families.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Groups-Submit-Brief-to-Supreme-Court-for-Second-Hearing-of-Fisher-v-UT-Austin.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups Submit Brief to Supreme Court for Second Hearing of Fisher v. UT-AustinThe U.S. Supreme Court will rehear the case on the University of Texas at Austin's diversity in admissions policy Dec. 9.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Amicus-Brief-to-the-US-Supreme-Court-Second-Hearing-of-Fisher-v-University-of-Texas-at-Austin.aspxAmicus Brief to the U.S. Supreme Court: In the Second Hearing of Fisher v. University of Texas at AustinACE and 37 other higher education associations filed this brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, as the court prepares to take a second look at UT’s diversity in admissions policy.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Ways-and-Means-Hearing-Looks-at-Higher-Education-Costs-and-Tax-Policy.aspxHouse Ways and Means Hearing Looks at Higher Education Costs and Tax Policy​ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle was among the witnesses before a House Ways and Means subcommittee hearing on the role federal tax policy plays in controlling college costs.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Testimony-Before-the-Ways-and-Means-Subcommittee-Hearing-on-the-Rising-Costs-of-Higher-Education-and-Tax-Policy.aspxTestimony Before the Ways and Means Subcommittee Hearing on College Costs and Tax PolicyTestimony from ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle before the Oct. 7 House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight hearing.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/New-Resources-Available-for-Medical-Schools-and-Colleges-Navigating-Career-Flexibility-Issues.aspxNew Resources Available for Medical Schools and Colleges Navigating Career Flexibility Issues​The Policy Trends at Medical Schools and Colleges toolkit, an examination of structural and cultural changes institutions can utilize to better balance professional and personal lives for faculty in academic medicine, is now available.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-Dear-Colleague-Letter-Regarding-Student-Medical-Records.aspxComments on Dear Colleague Letter Regarding Student Medical RecordsComments on the Department of Education’s August 18, 2015 draft Dear Colleague Letter to institutions of higher education regarding the handling of student medical records.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Appeals-Court-Rules-Against-Payments-for-Student-Athletes.aspxAppeals Court Rules Against Payments for Student-AthletesThe Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday issued a long-awaited ruling in the closely watched O’Bannon v. NCAA class-action antitrust lawsuit.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-the-Ninth-Circuits-Ruling-in-OBannon-v-NCAA.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Ninth Circuit’s Ruling in O’Bannon v. NCAAStudent-athletes are first and foremost students, and transforming them into paid professionals would harm the quality of their overall educational experience.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Poised-to-Approved-Bill-to-Extend-Perkins-Loans-Program.aspxHouse Passes Bill to Extend Perkins Loan ProgramThe House has passed a bipartisan bill to extend the Perkins Loan Program through October 2016. The program is set to expire Oct. 1 barring action by the Senate.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-of-Support-for-House-Bill-to-Extend-Perkins-Loan-Program.aspxLetter of Support for House Bill to Extend Perkins Loan ProgramLetter to Reps. Mike Bishop (R-MI) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) of the House Education and the Workforce Committee in support of their bill to extend the Perkins Loan Program through October 2016.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Senate-Leaders-Urging-Extension-for-the-Perkins-Loan-Program.aspxLetter to Senate Leaders Urging Extension for the Perkins Loan ProgramLetter to Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions urging them to extend the Perkins Loan Program, which is set to expire on Oct. 1.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-the-AAU-Sexual-Assault-Climate-Survey.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the AAU Sexual Assault Climate SurveyColleges and universities are working extremely hard to prevent sexual violence on campus, and climate surveys are one potentially valuable tool in these efforts.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Fellows-Step-Out-of-Their-Comfort-Zone-During-Opening-Retreat.aspxACE Fellows Step Out of Their Comfort Zone During Opening RetreatThe ACE Fellows Program Class of 2015-16 gathered in August for six days for a retreat to mark the official kick-off to the Fellowship year. The application is now open for 2016-17 class.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/MONDAY-BUZZ-White-House-Releases-College-Scorecard-Announces-FAFSA-Changes.aspxMONDAY BUZZ: White House Releases College Scorecard, Announces FAFSA Changes​The Obama administration announced two major initiatives over the weekend: The launch of the new College Scorecard website, and a major step toward FAFSA simplification in the form of “prior-prior year” income data.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-the-Department-of-Educations-Revised-College-Scorecard.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Department of Education’s Revised College ScorecardThe Department of Education has unveiled its new College Scorecard website, the tool it is offering in place of the administration's plan to rate colleges.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-the-White-Houses-Prior-Prior-Year-Announcement.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the White House’s “Prior-Prior Year” AnnouncementThe White House has announced that the federal government allow students to apply for financial aid based on their family’s income from two years earlier instead of the immediately previous year, a concept known as “prior-prior year.”http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Subcommittee-Holds-Hearing-on-Sexual-Assault.aspxHouse Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Sexual AssaultA House subcommittee yesterday held the latest in its series of hearings to discuss issues related to reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, this time to deliberate on preventing and responding to sexual assault on campus.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-the-Labor-Department-Proposed-Overtime-Rules.aspxComments on the Department of Labor's Draft Overtime RulesACE joined CUPA-HR and 16 other higher education organizations in submitting comments to the Department of Labor's draft regulations governing exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime pay requirements for executive, administrative and professional employees.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/NLRB-Dismisses-Northwestern-Football-Players-Unionization-Bid.aspxNLRB Dismisses Northwestern Football Players’ Unionization BidThe National Labor Relations Board has ended an attempt by Northwestern University football players to unionize. In a unanimous ruling, the NLRB declined to assert jurisdiction in the case.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-the-National-Labor-Relations-Boards-decision-in-the-Northwestern-Student.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the National Labor Relations Board’s Decision in the Northwestern Student-Athlete Unionization CaseNLRB has ended an attempt by Northwestern University football players to unionize.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-Clinton-Student-Loan-Plan.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Hillary Clinton’s Student Loan PlanHillary Clinton has rolled out a $350 billion proposal designed to help millions pay for college and reduce interest rates for people with student loans.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Appeals-Court-41-5-Million-Jury-Award-in-Study-Abroad-Case-Could-Discourage-School-Trips.aspxAppeals Court: $41.5 Million Jury Award in Study-Abroad Case Could Discourage School TripsThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has issued a decision in the so-called Hotchkiss School “tick-bite case,” a study-abroad liability suit in which ACE submitted an amicus brief last year.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Senate-HELP-Committee-Holds-Hearing-on-Campus-Sexual-Assault.aspxSenate HELP Committee Holds Hearing on Campus Sexual AssaultThe Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing July 29 on campus sexual assault, one in a series of panels the committee has held in conjunction with its work on Higher Education Act reauthorization.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Congress-Passes-Need-Based-Education-Aid-Act.aspxCongress Passes Need-Based Education Aid ActThe House of Representatives yesterday voted unanimously to approve the Need-Based Educational Aid Act of 2015 (S. 1482), sending the bill to President Obama for his expected signature.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Groundbreaking-Report-on-Race-Class-and-College-Access-to-Be-Released-Today-at-Live-Streamed-Event.aspxACE Releases Groundbreaking Report on Race, Class, and College AccessNew report examines contemporary admissions practices at four-year colleges and universities across a wide range of selectivity in the context of recent legal challenges to race-conscious admissions.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Finance-Committee-Leaders-on-Extension-of-Expired-Higher-Education-Tax-Incentives.aspxLetter to Finance Committee Leaders on Extension of Expired Higher Education Tax IncentivesTo the leaders of the House and Senate finance committees, urging them to include extensions of the tuition deduction and the IRA Charitable Rollover in any tax extenders legislation to be enacted this year.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Federal-Appeals-Court-Legality-of-Unpaid-Internships-Depends-on-Educational-Value-of-Work.aspxFederal Appeals Court: Legality of Unpaid Internships Depends on Educational Value of WorkA federal appeals court has agreed that unpaid internships can be legal if the students are gaining an educational benefit from the work, a positive ruling for the ability of employers and higher education institutions to continue to offer students these opportunities.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-to-the-Department-of-Education-on-NPRM-to-Amend-Cash-Management-Regulations-.aspxComments to the Department of Education on NPRM to Amend Cash Management RegulationsComments submitted by ACE and nine higher education associations in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend the cash management regulations issued under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, which are designed to ensure that students have convenient access to their federal financial aid funds.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-Fisher-v-University-of-Texas.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the U.S. Supreme Court Granting Review in Fisher v. University of TexasThe U.S. Supreme Court has again agreed to hear a legal challenge to the race-conscious admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin, first decided by the court in 2013.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Congress-Moves-Forward-on-Education-Funding.aspxCongress Moves Forward on Education FundingThe House and Senate appropriations committees both passed their FY 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education bills this week, and the results were somewhat mixed for higher education.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Education-Department-Scales-Back-Plan-to-Rate-Colleges.aspxEducation Department Scales Back Plan to Rate CollegesThe Department of Education (ED) announced yesterday that it has scaled back the planned Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS) first announced by President Obama in August 2013.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-Department-of-Educations-Ratings-Plan.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Department of Education's Ratings PlanThe Department of Education is now planning a consumer-oriented website that will not include a scoring system or any evaluations of colleges.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Senate-Appropriations-Committee-Leaders-on-the-FY-2016-Labor-HHS-Spending-Bill.aspxLetter to Senate Appropriations Committee Leaders on the FY 2016 Labor-HHS Spending BillThe letter outlines a number of problems with the bill, including cuts to critical campus-based aid programs like Federal Work-Study and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and level funding for TRIO and GEAR UP.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Moving-the-Needle-Advancing-Women-Leaders-Roundtable-Meets-in-DC.aspxMoving the Needle: Advancing Women Leaders Roundtable Meets in DCMoving the Needle is a collaborative, multi-association initiative that seeks to increase the number of women in higher education senior leadership positions through programs, research and resources.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Ruling-Clears-the-Way-for-Education-Department-Gainful-Employment-Regulation.aspxRuling Clears the Way for Education Department’s Gainful Employment RegulationA federal judge has cleared the way for the Education Department’s gainful employment regulation, part of the administration’s efforts to ensure that individuals who enroll in career training programs can repay their student loans.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-in-Support-of-the-Student-Loan-Tax-Debt-Relief-Act.aspxLetter in Support of the Student Loan Tax Debt Relief ActLetter to Rep. Jim McDermott in support of the Student Loan Tax Debt Relief Act (H.R. 2429), which will ensure that federal student loan debt forgiven through the Income-Based Repayment and Income-Contingent Repayment programs is not taxed as income.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-House-Appropriations-Committee-Leaders-on-FY-2016-Labor-HHS-Spending-Bill.aspxLetter to House Appropriations Committee Leaders on the FY 2016 Labor-HHS Spending BillLetter to House Appropriations Committee Chair Harold Rogers and Ranking Member Nita Lowey expressing support for the FY 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill passed by the subcommittee and encouraging committee members to vote for its passage.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Class-of-2014-15-ACE-Fellows-Gather-for-Final-Retreat.aspxClass of 2014-15 ACE Fellows Gathers for Closing RetreatThe 2014-15 class of the ACE Fellows Program gathered last week in Washington, DC, to reflect on their shared experiences during the program’s four-day closing retreat.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/House-Appropriations-Subcommittee-Approves-FY-2016-Education-Spending-Bill.aspxHouse Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY 2016 Education Spending BillThe House Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, has approved a FY 2016 spending measure that might best be characterized as better news than expected for higher education.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Institute-Helped-Campus-Leaders-Craft-Plans-for-Internationalization.aspxACE Institute Helped Campus Leaders Craft Plans for InternationalizationACE recently hosted the Institute for Leading Internationalization, a three-day professional development experience for administrators who have a critical role in advancing internationalization on their campuses.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Senate-HELP-Hearing-on-College-Affordability-Focuses-on-Declines-in-State-Funding.aspxSenate HELP Hearing on College Affordability Focuses on Declines in State FundingA Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on ensuring college affordability focused on the continuing pattern of state disinvestment in higher education and the direct impact it has on college costs, student debt loads and access to higher education.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Access-and-Diversity-Collaborative-Issues-Syllabus.aspxAccess and Diversity Collaborative Issues SyllabusDesigned to map relevant issues about campus diversity and direct institutions to important resources that can help them understand these issues, develop effective policies and mitigate legal risk.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Senate-HELP-Committee-Leaders-on-CASA.aspxLetter to Senate HELP Committee Leaders on the Campus Accountability and Safety ActLetter to Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), chair and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on the S. 590, the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA), introduced by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO).http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-the-Excise-Tax-on-High-Cost-Employer-Sponsored-Health-Coverage.aspxComments on the Excise Tax on High Cost Employer-Sponsored Health CoverageComments to the IRS on a notice released Feb. 23 regarding excise tax on high cost employer-sponsored health plans, the Affordable Care Act's so-called "Cadillac Plan" tax.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Groups-Comment-on-Data-Transparency-Consumer-information-Paper.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups Comment on Data Transparency-Consumer Information PaperRead ACE's comments to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee about Sen. Lamar Alexander’s policy paper on Federal Postsecondary Data Transparency and Consumer Information.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-Alexander-Policy-Paper-on-Data-Transparency-and-Consumer-Information.aspxComments on Sen. Alexander's Policy Paper on Data Transparency and Consumer InformationResponse to one of three policy papers issued March 23 by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chair of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, on topics related to reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-OECD-on-AHELO.aspxLetter to OECD on AHELO Project​Letter from ACE and Universities Canada to Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) about the OECD’s AHELO (Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes) project. In the letter, the associations express their strong concerns with the recently issued “Revised Scoping Paper for an AHELO Main Study,” as well as reiterate their grave reservations about using AHELO as a global assessment instrument.​http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Congress-Passes-FY-2016-Budget-Resolution.aspxCongress Passes FY 2016 Budget ResolutionThe plan cuts more than $5 trillion in spending from nearly all federal government agencies over the next decade, including $496 billion from the overall pool of funds for student aid, scientific research and institutional support.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Groups-Comment-on-Alexander-Accreditation-Policy-Paper.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups Comment on Alexander Accreditation Policy PaperRead comments from ACE and a group of 28 higher education associations and regional accreditors on Sen. Lamar Alexander’s (R-TN) policy paper on accreditation.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/A-Policy-and-Legal-Syllabus-for-Diversity-Programs-at-Colleges-and-Universities.aspxA Policy and Legal Syllabus for Diversity Programs at Colleges and UniversitiesThis Syllabus is designed to map relevant issues about campus diversity and direct institutions to important resources that can help them understand these issues, develop effective policies and mitigate legal risk.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-Accreditation-Policy-Paper-Issued-by-Sen-Lamar-Alexander.aspxComments on Sen. Alexander's Accreditation Policy PaperResponse to one of three policy papers issued March 23 by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chair of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, on topics related to reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Education-Association-Statement-on-Introduction-of-PATENT-Act.aspxHigher Education Association Statement on Introduction of PATENT ActA group of higher education associations, including ACE, released this statement on the introduction of the PATENT Act in the Senate Judiciary Committee.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Issue-Brief-on-Guidance-Related-to-Role-and-Responsibilities-of-Title-IX-Coordinators.aspxIssue Brief: The Department of Education's Guidance on the Role and Responsibilities of Title IX CoordinatorsIssue brief on the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights new guidance package on campus Title IX coordinators. The brief summarizes aspects of the new guidance and flags selected points that OCR has not previously conveyed.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Education-Groups-Comment-on-Alexander-Risk-Sharing-Proposals.aspxRisk-Sharing Proposals Would Have Negative Consequences for Students and InstitutionsSenate HELP Committee proposals to add risk and cost for institutions participating in federal financial aid programs would penalize all students and institutions in attempt to address the behaviors of a handful of bad actors.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-Risk-Sharing-White-Paper-Released-by-Sen-Lamar-Alexander.aspxComments on Sen. Alexander's Risk-Sharing Policy PaperResponse to one of three policy papers issued March 23 by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chair of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, on topics related to reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Campaign-to-Save-Student-Aid-Launches.aspxCampaign to Save Student Aid LaunchesThe Student Aid Alliance launches a campaign to increase awareness and spur action against congressional threats to curtail federal student aid programs.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-to-the-Senate-Finance-Committee-Tax-Reform-Working-Group-on-Individual-Income-Tax.aspxComments to the Senate Finance Committee Tax Reform Working GroupsComments to the Senate Finance Committee Tax Reform on tax provisions important to higher education, students and families.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Memo-Campus-Accountability-and-Safety-Act-114th-Congress.aspxSummary: Campus Accountability and Safety Act (114th Congress)This memo addresses provisions in the Campus Accountability and Safety Act relating to matters such as confidential advisors; climate surveys; Clery Act reporting obligations; agreements with law enforcement agencies; definitions; and terminology.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Names-47-Faculty-and-Administrators-to-Fellows-Program.aspxACE Names 47 Faculty and Administrators to Fellows ProgramAs the ACE Fellows Program celebrates its 50th anniversary this academic year, 47 emerging college and university leaders have been selected for the 2015-16 class.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Congress-Begins-Work-on-FY-2016-Budget.aspxCongress Begins Work on FY 2016 Budget​Congress took the first major step toward a FY 2016 budget last week with the passage of budget resolutions in the House and the Senate, both of which propose to greatly restrict available funding for student aid and research.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Holtschneider-Receives-2015-ACE-Council-of-Fellows-Fidelity-Investments-Mentor-Award.aspxHoltschneider Receives 2015 ACE Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award​The Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., president of DePaul University (IL), was presented today with the 2015 Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award* during the opening plenary of ACE's 97th Annual Meeting.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/President-Proposes-Student-Aid-Bill-of-Rights.aspxPresident Proposes Student Aid Bill of Rights​President Obama, in a visit yesterday to Georgia Tech, announced a plan to streamline the system for servicing federal student loans.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Lynn-M-Gangone-Named-ACE-Vice-President-for-Leadership-Programs.aspxLynn M. Gangone Named ACE Vice President for Leadership ProgramsLynn M. Gangone, currently dean of Colorado Women’s College at the University of Denver, will oversee ACE’s suite of programming for current and future higher education leaders.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Statement-by-ACE-President-Molly-Corbett-Broad-on-President-Obamas-Student-Loan-Plan.aspxStatement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on President Obama’s Student Loan PlanThe president's proposed "Student Aid Bill of Rights" would streamline the system for servicing student loans.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Groups-Support-Schumer-Tax-Credit-Bill.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups Support Schumer Tax Credit BillACE and 11 other higher education associations sent a letter Feb. 27 to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) in support of his recently introduced bill to make a number of important reforms to the American Opportunity Tax Credit and Lifetime Learning Credit.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-of-Support-for-the-American-Opportunity-Tax-Credit-Permanence-and-Consolidation-Act-of-2015.aspxLetter of Support for the American Opportunity Tax Credit Permanence and Consolidation Act of 2015Letter to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) in support of his recently introduced bill to make a number of important reforms to the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) and Lifetime Learning Credit.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Congressional-Budget-Committee-Leaders-on-FY-2016-Budget-Resolution.aspxLetter to Congressional Budget Committee Leaders on FY 2016 Budget ResolutionLetter from higher education association presidents to House and Senate budget committee leaders, urging Congress to repeal the 2013 sequestration cuts and give a high priority to higher education and research funding in the FY 2016 budget resolution.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/National-Challenge-for-Higher-Education-Conference-Executive-Summary-Now-Available.aspxNational Challenge for Higher Education Conference Executive Summary Now AvailableAn executive summary from the July 2014 National Challenge for Higher Education Conference is now available, offering examples of cost-benefit analyses, information about faculty retirement and a variety of best practices.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Senate-HELP-Committee-Hears-From-Regulation-Task-Force-Co-chairs.aspxSenate HELP Committee Hears From Regulation Task Force Co-Chairs​A Senate panel heard testimony yesterday from the two chancellors who co-chaired the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education, which released a report Feb. 12 examining how the federal oversight of colleges and universities has expanded in recent years.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Ed-Groups-Support-House-Regulatory-Relief-Act.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups Support Regulatory Relief ActBipartisan legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate to block some of the most controversial Department of Education regulations that impact colleges and universities.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-to-Congress-on-the-Supporting-Academic-Freedom-Through-Regulatory-Relief-Act.aspxLetter to Congress on the Supporting Academic Freedom Through Regulatory Relief ActLetter from ACE and 24 higher education groups endorsing legislation that would block some of the most controversial Department of Education regulations that impact colleges and universities.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-the-Proposed-Postsecondary-Institution-Ratings-System.aspxComments on the Framework for the Proposed Postsecondary Institution Ratings SystemComments to the Department of Education on the framework released in December 2014 for the Obama administration's proposed Postsecondary Institution Ratings System.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Higher-Education-Groups-Comment-on-Ratings-Plan.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups: Administration’s College Ratings Plan Framework Is Not FeasibleIn comments to the Department of Education, they urge other routes to achieve the goals of better consumer information and stronger accountability.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Task-Force-on-Federal-Regulation-of-Higher-Education-Releases-Report.aspxTask Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education Releases Report​The bipartisan group of U.S. senators that created the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education has released a report examining how the federal oversight of higher education has evolved and expanded over the years.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Task-Force-on-Government-Regulation-of-Higher-Education-Main.aspxTask Force on Federal Regulation of Higher EducationThe Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education has concluded its work and on Feb. 12, 2015, released a report examining how the federal oversight of higher education has evolved and expanded over the years.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Bill-to-Exempt-Student-Workers-From-the-Affordable-Care-Act-Reintroduced-in-the-House.aspxBill to Exempt Student Workers From the Affordable Care Act Reintroduced in the House​ACE and a group of seven higher education associations are endorsing a bill that would exempt full-time students from the ACA's employer mandate, which requires large employers to offer health insurance plans to employees working 30 hours a week or more.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-in-Support-of-the-Student-Worker-Exemption-Act-of-2015.aspxLetter in Support of the Student Worker Exemption Act of 2015Letter to Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) endorsing his bill to exempt full-time students from the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, which requires large employers—including colleges and universities—to offer health insurance plans to employees working 30 hours a week or more.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/FCC-Outlines-Proposal-for-Strong-Network-Neutrality-Protections.aspxFCC Outlines Proposal for Strong Network Neutrality ProtectionsFCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced the outlines of a proposal to protect network neutrality that, if approved, will have a significant impact on higher education institutions.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Stephen-Kimble-v-Marvel-Enterprises.aspxAmicus Brief to the U.S. Supreme Court: Kimble v. Marvel EnterprisesAmicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding a case that could potentially overturn a 50-year-old patent decision.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-30-Higher-Education-Groups-Proposed-Teacher-Prep-Regulations-Will-Undo-Progress-Made-to-Improve-Program-Quality.aspxProposed Teacher Preparation Regulations Will Undo Progress Made to Improve Program Quality​In comments to the Education Department, ACE and 30 other higher education groups write that the proposed rules for teacher prep programs will worsen existing challenges and undo progress made by states and institutions to improve program quality.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Presidents-Proposed-FY-2016-Budget-Focuses-on-Higher-Education.aspxPresident’s Proposed FY 2016 Budget Focuses on Higher Education​President Obama's budget request for FY 2016 calls for increasing federal spending on many higher education programs, including his proposal for two free years of community college nationwide.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Comments-on-Department-of-Educations-Proposed-Rules-for-Teacher-Preparation-Programs.aspxComments on Department of Education’s Proposed Regulations for Teacher Preparation ProgramsThe proposed rules will exacerbate existing challenges while undoing much of the progress made by states and institutions to improve program quality, note the groups signing the comments.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-Higher-Education-Groups-Say-Tax-Bill-Important-to-Increasing-College-Access.aspxACE, Higher Education Groups Say Tax Bill Important to Increasing College Access​ACE and a group of nine higher education associations sent a letter yesterday to Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) strongly endorsing his American Opportunity Tax Credit Act of 2015, which makes important reforms to the AOTC and Lifetime Learning Credit.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-in-Support-of-the-American-Opportunity-Tax-Credit-Act-of-2015.aspxLetter in Support of the American Opportunity Tax Credit Act of 2015Letter to Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) strongly endorsing the American Opportunity Tax Credit Act of 2015, which makes important reforms to the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) and Lifetime Learning Credit.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Immigration-Innovation-Act-Would-Implement-Much-Needed-Visa-Reforms.aspxImmigration Innovation Act Would Implement Much-Needed Visa Reforms​A bipartisan group of senators have introduced a visa reform bill designed to expand the ability of high-skilled workers to live and work in the United States.http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Letter-in-Support-of-the-Immigration-Innovation-Act-of-2015.aspxLetter in Support of the Immigration Innovation Act of 2015Letter to the Senate sponsors of the Immigration Innovation Act of 2015, expressing strong support for the bipartisan bill aimed at expanding the ability of high-skilled workers to live and work in the United States.